This winter’s Shelter will be running from 1st December 2020 until 31st March 2021
Because of the current Covid-19 situation, the Shelter will be very different this year!
Through the provision of Dartford Borough Council, the guests will be housed in one or more guesthouses in the East Dartford area. Our Project Worker will continue to work with the guests, in liaison with Dartford Borough Council and other agencies to help them on from homelessness.
The Project will be supplying a cooked evening meal, using facilities generously loaned for our use by Brent Methodist Church.
The different style of shelter will need far fewer volunteers than in previous years so if you would like to volunteer , please email us at Office.firstname.lastname@example.org
If you need support during the Covid-19 Lockdown period, here are some sites you should look at:
- Dartford Foodbank
- Dartford Together– this is a new page set up by Dartford Borough Council to provide information and resources
- Our Dartford – this is a new local volunteer group, offering a range of support
- Mary’s Child – an established charity based in Greenhithe, and providing a food pantry and other support
- Kent Together – a new 24 hour helpline and online portal from KCC to provide help for the most vulnerable or 03000 419292
Making a difference in the lives of rough sleepers in Dartford
Providing a place where homeless men and women in our community are met with friendship and a listening ear
We have extended our work over the full year by appointing a full-time worker to work with the homeless in Dartford on an on-going basis.
The report on the 2019 shelter is now available on the Forms & Reports page
The 2020 Shelter was due to run from 2nd January to 5th April. However, due to Covid-19, the shelter closed on 18th March, with the guests being housed in Guesthouses in Gravesend and Dartford, funded by the project.
The guests are currently still housed, now funded by Dartford Borough Council
The slides from the last Training Evening can be found here: Volunteer Induction Training Slides 2020
Supported by contributions from local churches, Dartford Lions and Dartford Borough Council
Dartford Churches Winter Shelter is the working name of New Avenues, Registered Charity No 1160597